Dr. Michael Lane among those recognized for tremendous impact.
Atlanta (February 11, 2021) — The YMCA of Metro Atlanta honored its partners and volunteers virtually during its 2021 Celebration of Community Champions on Feb. 11. The celebration kicked-off the Y’s Why It Matters Annual Giving Campaign, with a goal of raising more than $5 million before the end of June. The fundraising campaign supports scholarships for memberships and day camps. In addition, it supports the Y’s hunger relief programs and Y Campus Connection.
Through Dr. Michael Lane’s role as director of the Global Smallpox Eradication program with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, he successfully oversaw the eradication of smallpox across the globe. Dr. Lane’s commitment to family, community wellness and human rights health drove him to volunteer with the Y. For his efforts, he was honored posthumously with the Bransby Christian Leadership Award, the Y’s highest honor for volunteers. Established and named after Joseph C. Bransby, a dedicated servant leader who led the metro Atlanta YMCA from 1962 to 1980, the award is given annually for exemplary individual service.
“Dr. Lane was a remarkable board member and advocate for the community,” said Lauren Koontz, YMCA of Metro Atlanta President and CEO. “His service to the Y and devotion to the well-being of the community created a lasting impact on our organization. We are proud to recognize Dr. Lane, our dedicated volunteers and partners and look forward to continuing to better the communities in which we serve.”
During the event, Gas South was honored with Corporate Partner of the Year due to the organization’s commitment to volunteerism and assistance in developing and implementing fun and engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning in Y afterschool programs. Additionally, Atlanta Community Food Bank was recognized as Non-Profit Partner of the Year. The Atlanta Community Food Bank served as a critical partner to help the Y provide hunger relief services throughout COVID-19.
Individual Volunteers of the Year include:
Tangela Q. Parker — Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA; Atlanta; Fulton County
Jennifer Callender — Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA; Atlanta; Fulton County
Richard Spencer — Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead; Atlanta; Fulton County
Claudia Engelbracht — Covington Family YMCA; Covington; Newton County
Mary McPherson — Cowart Family YMCA; Atlanta; DeKalb County
Sue Sullivan — Decatur Family YMCA; Decatur; DeKalb County
Mandy Mahoney — East Lake Family YMCA; Atlanta; DeKalb County
Jim Gilvin — Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA; Alpharetta; Fulton County
Mark Bradley — Forsyth County Family YMCA; Cumming; Forsyth County
Sean Bloomer — Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA; Canton; Cherokee County
Maria Peifer — J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA; Lawrenceville; Gwinnett County
Mark Brown — McCleskey-East Cobb & Northeast Cobb Family YMCAs; Marietta; Cobb County
Joseph Stockman — Northwest Family YMCA; Kennesaw; Cobb County
Celeste Sperback — Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA; Peachtree Corners; Gwinnett County
Debra DeBerry — South DeKalb Youth YMCA; Decatur; DeKalb County
Kathryn Lawson — Summit Family YMCA; Newnan; Coweta County
Rebecca Martin — The Villages at Carver Family YMCA; Atlanta; Fulton County
Patricia A. Huguley — Wade Walker Park Family YMCA; Stone Mountain; DeKalb County
Brandon Thomas — YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Allatoona; Cartersville; Bartow County
Savannah Soles — YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton; Clayton; Rabun County
Candace Primm — YMCA Early Learning
Don Barden — YMCA of Metro Atlanta
About the YMCA of Metro Atlanta
For more than 160 years the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has been impacting lives and strengthening communities. As Atlanta has grown, the YMCA has also evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. Well-thought-out planning, while engaging stakeholders at various levels, provides the backdrop for sustainable change and positive impact at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. By providing impactful services and support networks, and building bridges between people from all backgrounds, the Y has maintained its relevance, helping to create stronger, more cohesive communities for all. https://www.ymcaatlanta.org/160